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Competitive Dance - Fri, Dec. 9, 2016

Des Moines, Iowa- Grand View Head Dance and Cheer coach Stacie Horton has been honored with the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association (ISDTA) Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Coach Horton's dancing career started at a very young age.  She was a 4 year member and captain of the Southeast Polk High School RhythAMetteS which led her to the University of Iowa Dance Team, where she was named Dance Team Captain her senior year. She traveled with both the football and basketball teams to several bowl games and NCAA basketball tournaments in her four years at Iowa. Horton transferred to Grand View and graduated with a mass communications degree.

Post college, Horton coached the Iowa Barnstormers' dance team. She also choreographed and was a travel judge for Marching Auxiliaries out of Dallas, Texas.  She is active as an ISDTA State Solos judge as well as choreographer for the All Iowa Honor Dance Team.  Horton hosts the All Iowa group at Grand View in March in preparation for their performance at the Girl's State basketball tournament.  She serves as a judge for the Central Iowa critiquing workshop helping high school groups prepare routines for state.  Horton also serves as a judge for the Rock on to State event hosted by Norwalk High School for state competition.  She has served as VP, President and Outgoing President of the NAIA Cheer and Dance Executive Committee. 

Horton began the Grand View University Dance program 16 years ago, claiming ­­­­­­­13 state titles. Athletic Director Troy Plummer commented on Stacie's honor, "We all congratulate Stacie on this prestigious honor.  She is, and has been, actively involved in the central Iowa dance community for many years.  Her passion for promoting and growing the sport of Dance and Cheer at Grand View is evident in everything she does.  She is a true champion for her sport and is most deserving of this award." 

Today, 26 colleges compete in the ISDTA State College Championships. Since 2007 GV Dance Team has captured 13- 1st place state titles, 5-2nd places, 3-3rd places and 4- 4th places. She is currently in her 16th year as the head coach for the Vikings.  Horton is in her eighth season as the head coach of the Viking cheer squad.

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